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    October baseball becoming routine for Rays

    Even though the Rays missed the 2012 postseason, the novelty of playing extra baseball has worn off after reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in the last six seasons. "Happy to be here" is not the sentiment on this year's club. More >

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    Impact of leadership on Tribe can't be measured

    If you ask members of the Indians -- particularly those who have been around a while -- why they have been successful in 2013, they will tell you it's due in large part to the culture of leadership established by manager Terry Francona and veterans like Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher. More >

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    Bucs opt for Snider's bat over Pie's speed, defense

    In assembling his 25-man roster for a one-game playoff round, Clint Hurdle said consideration was given to all 35 men who finished out the season with the Pirates. But in reality, the manager had to make only one hard decision. Felix Pie or Travis Snider as the extra left-handed-hitting outfielder? More >

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    Cole could come out of 'pen in NL Wild Card Game

    There was never any real doubt who was going to get the ball to start Tuesday night's National League Wild Card Game. Manager Clint Hurdle tweaked the Pirates' rotation so Francisco Liriano would be ready to go for Pittsburgh's first postseason game since 1992. More >

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    Bucs stick with steady shortstop Barmes

    Perhaps the one spot that could have been up for discussion was at shortstop, with the choice between the glove and veteran presence of Clint Barmes or the offensive upside of Jordy Mercer. More >

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    First number, last word

    The magic number, evidently, to finish in a tie for the National League lead in home runs. Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt both wound up with 36 homers to create the second NL tie in 50 years. In 1984, Atlanta's Dale Murphy and Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt tied ... with 36 homers. More >

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    Worth noting

    The Pirates, who as a team took a historic .204 average against Cueto into Tuesday night's National League Wild Card Game, were counting on Byrd as a secret weapon. Byrd was 7-for-12 (.583) lifetime off the righty going into the game. More >

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    Jennings expected to play despite hamstring

    Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings, who has been dealing with tightness in his left hamstring, is expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday night's American League Wild Card Game. More >

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    Maddon comfortable with well-rested bullpen

    Rays manager Joe Maddon said it's a nice feeling not having to worry about overtaxing any of his bullpen arms in Wednesday's must-win AL Wild Card Game against the Indians, as his relievers all had a full two days' rest. More >

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    Kiermaier makes whirlwind tour to MLB debut

    Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went from relaxing at his apartment in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Sunday to being called up from Triple-A Durham as an extra outfielder for Monday's Game 163 against the Rangers. More >